the civil war intensifying, the number of people in need of assistance
has doubled since July to 2.5 million, prompting the dramatic increase
in the appeal for aid.
The plea comes even as the original appeal
for $180 million is only half-funded. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
has urged donors to increase their contributions.
“At the moment, the entire civilian population inside Syria
is gripped by fear and despair,” John Ging, a senior U.N. humanitarian
official, said after the U.N. humanitarian plan was launched Friday.
“Humanitarian action is not a solution in conflict. The solution in
conflict is political resolution … but while there is failure to find
that process … we in the humanitarian community have to step up and do
more in ever more dangerous circumstances to help people who are